2021 IN Nursing Summit Posters

Welcome to the 2021 IN Nursing Summit

Poster Presentations  

We hope you will enjoy learning about all of the nurse-led, Indiana-based projects and research throughout the state.  

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Thank you to all of our poster presenters!

1.  Scrub Away the Germs of the Day:  A Comprehensive Oral Care Program to Decrease Ventilator Associated Events

Amber Hinton, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CCRN
Allie Rinaldi, BSN, RN
Indiana University Health – Indianapolis

The purpose was to evaluate the effect of implementation of a standardized, comprehensive interdisciplinary oral care program for oral care and endotracheal tube maintenance in the adult ventilated patient in decreasing ventilator associated events .

2. Improving Outcomes for COVID-19 Traumatized College Students

Tamara Ledbetter, DNP, RN, CNE
Mary Bourke, PhD, RN, CNE
Kathleen Klute, JD, MSN, RN
Indiana University – Kokomo

This study investigated coping and trauma levels experienced by college students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, identifying strategies to help college students cope and thrive were explored.

3. A Pilot Study to Promote Nurse-Patient Centeredness Through an Authentic Caring Connection by Applying Commit to Sit at the Bedside

Stephanie Heckman, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN
Mary Miller, MSN, RN-BC, OCN
David Himes, MSN, RN
Franciscan Alliance – Indianapolis

Conducting a pilot intervention with committing to sit with patients at the bedside once per shift in order to make visible a caring model for professional nursing.  Moving from non-theory based routines of nursing practice to more intentional authentic caring based actions.

4. Infant Mortality and African Americans, Using Life Course Perspective to Encourage Transformation

Elizabeth Goldsby, PhD, MSN, RN
Shelia Adebe, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Kalyn Renbarger, PhD, RN
Jean Marie Place, PhD, MPH, MSW
Watasha Barnes Griffin, BS
Gabriel Hall, BS
Ball State University – Muncie
YWCA Central Indiana

The death of infants is devastating for families and communities.  The rate of African American infant deaths is not proportionate to the rest of the population and needs serious attention.  Applying the Life Course Perspective is our strategy.

5. Integrating Registered Nurse Visits to Improve Blood Pressure Management in a Rural Primary Care Clinic

Darla Niehaus, RN, AMB-BC
Sandra K. Luebbenhusen, RN

Jennifer L. Schipp, RN
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center – Jasper

An opportunity existed to improve blood pressure outcomes for patients with hypertension by initiating RN-led visits for blood pressure management in one rural primary care clinic.


6. Feeling Under Pressure…Nurses Under Siege During COVID:  A Scholarly Project

Teresa Dobrzykowski, RN, PhD, AGNP-BC, CNE
Indiana University – South Bend

The purpose of this qualitative project was to explore and develop a concept definition describing the living experiences of nurses caring for patients and their families during the COVID pandemic.

7. You Placed What in the Prone Position?

Janette Richardson, MSN, RN, AG-CNS, CCRN
Jennifer Rechter, MSN, RN-BC, AG-CNS
Jan Powers, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM
Parkview Health – Fort Wayne

To prevent delays in enteral nutrition, a critical care clinical nurse specialist team investigated whether a small-bore feeding tube can be safely placed in the post-pyloric region using an electromagnetic sensor in SARS-CoV-2 patients who require mechanical ventilation while in the prone position.

8. The Impact of Positive Psychology on Faculty Development in the Online Learning Environment

Penelope Callaway, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Elizabeth Bailey, DNP, RN-BC
Rosemary Fromer, PhD, CNE, RN
Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion

A professional learning community was assembled for the purpose of exploring and identifying the implications of positive psychology and the Japanese concept of ikigai for personal development, professional development, and potential impact on the learning of others.


9. Step Down Evidence Based Practice:  A Review

Rebecca Grisham-Whitehouse, RN, BSN, MA
Deaconness Health System – Evansville

The purpose of this project was to better understand the definition of step down, how it is utilized and develop unit best practices.

10. The Perceptions and Experiences of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses During a Pandemic

Deborah Gillum, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Goshen Health – Goshen

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of acute care setting newly licensed registered nurses who transitioned to the professional nursing role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

11. Text Messages May Increase Adherence to Nurse Practitioner-Led Weight Management Program

Jessica Zehr, DNP, FNP-C
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center – Jasper

The purpose of this project was to create a Nurse Practitioner-led approach weight loss program enhanced by weekly text messages to increase adherence.

12. Family Nurse Practitioner Student Service-Learning Project:  Sports Pre-participation Evaluations

Jessica Myers, DNP, FNP-C
Felicia Stewart, DNP, FNP-C
Crystal White, DNP, FNP-C
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College – Saint Mary of the Woods

Due to COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on primary care practices in the area, athletes in a rural school corporation were in need of sport pre-participation evaluations.  This faculty supervised service-learning experience engaged family nurse practitioner students to safely meet this need.

13. COVID-19 Pandemic and Social-Emotional Development of 0-2 year-olds Enrolled in the Nurse-Family Partnership Program

Ashley Jones, PhD, RN, NCTTP
Larissa Kuhn, BSN, RN, CLC
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana – Indianapolis

The objective of this study was to explore pre- and post-pandemic changes in screening scores and referrals to services for social-emotional development during early childhood (0-2 years).

14. Using Standardized Patient Simulations for Nursing Students Caring for Patients Experiencing Withdrawal

Lacy Pippin, MSN, RN
University of Southern Indiana – Evansville

The purpose of this project was to compare standardized patient simulations with current didactic teaching in enhancing confidence, competence, and comfortability when caring for patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

15.  Assessment of Adolescent Depression-Patient Health Questionnaire

Heather Nicholson, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center – Jasper

The purpose of this project was to improve the depression screening process in the adolescent population for earlier identification of depression, appropriate diagnosis, and age specific education to improve self-management of depression through use of the PHQ-9A.

16. Educating Graduate Nursing Students on Health Care Transition for Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

Julie LaMothe, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE
Kathy Kent, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Cindy Hill, DNP, RN, CPN, CNE
Indiana University – Indianapolis

The paper describes one university’s innovative quality improvement project with the purpose to design, implement, and evaluate teaching strategies that would develop clinical competency among APRN students in managing transitions of youth with special healthcare needs.

17. Postoperative Vital Signs:  A Comparison of Traditional Postoperative Routine Versus Evidence-based Nursing Postoperative Algorithm

Linda Otis, RN, BSN
Parkview Health – Fort Wayne

The purpose of this study was to compare the current standard postoperative nursing vital signs and assessment routine to an evidence-based algorithm driven routine.

18. Virtual Practicum Role Immersion During a Global Pandemic:  Meeting the Informatics Scope and Standards Through Innovative Technology Use

Marcia Bergfeld, DNP, MSN, RN-BC
Chamberlain University –  Indianapolis

SARS-CoV-2 challenged healthcare and academic programs educating current and future healthcare providers.  With human and physical resources stretched, providing practicum experiences for students not permitted onsite presented a challenge to academic institutions.  One university developed a successful strategy.

19. Student Skills in Care Settings:  What Skills are Facilities Allowing Nursing Students to do in Clinical Settings?

Deanna Reising, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF
Chloe Bartley, BSN, RN
Indiana University – Bloomington

The purpose of this study was to identify what nursing student skills are being allowed to be performed in clinical settings, including under what type of supervision they are allowed.

This conference made possible through a generous grant from the
Indiana Organization for Nursing Leadership (IONL) License Plate Fund